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Becky Gilbert

This person is an alumnus of the department.
The information on this page was last updated on 5th March 2018.

I’m a postdoctoral research associate working on an ESRC-funded grant awarded to Dr Jenni Rodd (UCL) in collaboration with Matt Davis (MRC CBU) and Gareth Gaskell (University of York). My research interests include language processing and verbal short-term memory.

I’m currently investigating the learning mechanisms involved in resolving lexical and semantic ambiguities. When we are faced with a single word (e.g. bark) that has more than one possible meaning (dog noise, outer covering of a tree), which meaning do we think of? How do we learn which meaning is intended? I investigate the factors that affect the interpretation of ambiguous words, such as recent exposure to these words in different semantic contexts, the modality of the exposures (i.e. spoken or written form), and other contextual clues to meaning.

I’m also interested in auditory-verbal short-term memory for serial order, timing, and phonological development. During my PhD, which was supervised by Dr Tom Hartley and Prof Graham Hitch, I developed a novel subvocal rehearsal-probe task as a way of measuring memory for the precise timing of spoken word sequences. I then studied how temporal precision in this task relates to memory load, capacity for serial order, and phonological skills. In addition to behavioural methods, I’ve used computational modelling and EEG to investigate this topic.

Prior to joining Jenni Rodd’s lab at UCL, I received Bachelors of Arts degrees in Psychology and Spanish at the University of Minnesota Morris, and then worked as a psychophysiologist at the Minnesota Center for Twin and Family Research. I then completed a PhD in Psychology at the University of York, where I also worked as an EEG Technician and Graduate Teaching Assistant.

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26 Bedford Way
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